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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Stop Anti-Competitive Broadband Contracts for Apartments and Condos

June 22, 2017 , , , ,

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Notice of Inquiry on barriers to competitive broadband choices for consumers living in multi-tenant buildings. Public Knowledge has long supported prohibiting anti-competitive behavior and Commission efforts to remove barriers to deployment and facilitate greater choice for consumers in apartment and condominium buildings, shopping malls, and cooperatives.

The following can be attributed to Phillip Berenbroick, Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge:

“We support the Commission’s interest in ending exclusive wiring arrangements between multiple tenant environments, like condos and apartments, and broadband providers. These agreements keep competition out of local neighborhoods, limiting consumer choice for broadband services just because a building owner has cut a deal with the incumbent provider.

“The FCC is already well aware that these contracts harm consumers and competition, so it should move quickly to propose and adopt rules that will prohibit these arrangements and increase the broadband choices available. Greater choice and competition will in turn improve affordability and service quality for consumers. We’re eager to work with the FCC to bring broadband competition to everyone.”